FBI Killed Man Who Knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Friend
Details murky on Ibragim Todashev's overnight death in Orlando
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 7:16 AM CDT
Updated May 22, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
This Monday, April 15, 2013 photo provided by Bob Leonard shows bombing suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, center right in black hat, and his brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, center left in white hat.   (AP Photo/Bob Leonard)

(Newser) – An odd Boston-bombing sidebar: A man was fatally shot overnight by an FBI agent in Orlando, and multiple sources say the dead man was connected to Tamerlan Tsarnaev in some way. NBC's anonymous sources say Ibragim Todashev had previously been questioned about his relationship with the suspect and had been cooperative, but was shot when he tried to attack an FBI agent. The FBI, for its part, confirms that the "shooting incident involving an FBI special agent" occurred while the agent was "conducting official duties," but has revealed little else. ABC News talks to a law enforcement official, who says the FBI agent believed he was "under threat" due to "some sort of aggressive movement," and opened fire. The unnamed official also confirms Todashev was being questioned about his relationship with Tsarnaev.

Fox 35 and other sources have talked to a named source who says he was Todashev's friend and confirms the 26-year-old knew Tsarnaev; in Khusen Taramov's telling, Todashev formerly lived in Boston and, as an MMA figher, crossed paths with Tsarnaev, who boxed. He says both he and Todashev were questioned by the FBI (and tells WKMG the FBI had been following Todashev), but insists neither of them was involved in the bombings. "The FBI kept asking, 'What's the connection?' But there is no connection," Taramov says. He adds that Todashev was planning to return to his native Chechnya, but decided to stay in the US because the FBI told him to.

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May 24, 2013 3:39 AM CDT
The terrorist we DID catch wishes he was so lucky. He won't be...tell all your jihadist friends: It really sucks either way.
May 23, 2013 8:51 AM CDT
Was he killed or was he murdered by the FBI? If the man killed was not armed then he was murdered! I would suppose that when a false flag is done by the FBI then they do there best to murder any witnesses to there crime. This man is a witness to there crime and now he is dead. Notice of the 2 patsy's, one is dead, and the other was in the process of being murdered by the FBI, but because of media coverage they had to use plan B and cut his voice box out then claim the patsy confessed to it all. The whole FBI and CIA are guilty of the terror! These agencies need to be mass arrested and not released until juries find them innocent or guilty
May 23, 2013 7:29 AM CDT
We are to believe there was a knife in the interrogation room?